Volunteer Corps Frequently Asked Questions

VCFAQPrior to applying to become a member of the Volunteer Corps, please read answers to our frequently asked questions about volunteering at VVMC and then complete an online application.

For more information, contact Erin Gersbach at (970) 479-5068 or gersbach@vvmc.com.

1. How do I become a volunteer?

Contact Erin Gersbach at (970) 479-5068 or gersbach@vvmc.com for information.

2. What is involved in the interview?

The interview is a time for you and the volunteer manager to discuss options available at the hospital, review basic rules and regulations for volunteering, and talk about your skills and qualifications. The interview takes 20 to 30 minutes.

3. What happens after the interview?

If you and the volunteer manager agree that there is an appropriate opening for you, you will need to attend a mandatory orientation session and complete a health screening before starting your volunteer assignment. Orientations are held two times per month at Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards.

4. What if I can only volunteer for a few weeks?

Given the time that is invested in orientation, training and the health screening, we ask that volunteers commit to a six-month time frame. The only exception made is for our summer junior volunteers.

5. How long does it take to become a volunteer?

Depending on your availability and the orientation schedule, the process may take one to two weeks or longer.

6. Is everyone accepted as a volunteer?

Not every applicant is placed in the Volunteer Corps. Sometimes there is not an appropriate job opening available, and sometimes the rules and regulations are not agreeable to the applicant. Also, during the interview process, the volunteer manager must make a determination regarding the applicant's skills and the available placements, and there are times when a match simply is not possible.

7. How much time must a volunteer commit?

We ask our volunteers to commit to 100 hours per year or about eight hours per month.

8. Can I work more than eight hours per month?

Certainly, provided the department you are volunteering for has the need.

9. Why should I volunteer?

Volunteering is a two-way street. Patients and visitors to our hospitals benefit from the dedication and support of our volunteers. Volunteers, in turn, know they are doing something that is making a difference and is valuable to their community. Our volunteers are truly the heart of the hospital.  They meet new people, learn new skills and stay active. Aside from the intangible benefits, volunteers receive a free meal while they are volunteering and are invited to numerous volunteer events throughout the year.